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>> adel agayby zakhary. >> arkady zaltsman. >> edwin j. zambrana, jr. >> robert alan zampieri. >> mark zangrilli. >> ira zaslow. >> kenneth albert zelman. >> and my brother, a firefighter. latter 21. >> and my mother. she is still a beloved mother, aunt.mother, sister, and a she is not physically with this, that in our hearts and thoughts. one thing my mother used to
say, i like to pass along. of yourself, love each other, and enjoy life. we miss you, mama. >> abraham j. zelmanowitz. >> martin morales zempoaltecatl. >> zhe zeng. >> marc scott zeplin. >> jie yao justin zhao. >> ivelin ziminski. >> michael joseph zinzi. >> charles a. zion. >> julie lynne zipper. >> salvatore zisa. >> prokopios paul zois. >> joseph j. zuccala. >> andrew s. zucker. >> igor zukelman. >> and my father.
we love and miss you very much. your family and friends think about you every day. i know you are looking down on me and i hope you're proud of what i have become. you are always in my heart. go, blue. >> and my father. i wish you were here to give me advice. i love and miss you. i wish we had more time together but i know you are watching me from heaven. i hope i am making you proud. mickey and mom love you, too. goodbye. >> gordon. >> michael george. >> lydia estelle bravo.
you are always in my heart. god bless you and all the souls lost. god bless america. >> and my beautiful daughter. we trust that the time between this is not that long. we are after rod just a few sleeps away. please continue to watch over us all. especially your grandmother and aunts and uncle's. bless all of the families. it has been a long 10 years, everyone. >> irwin erker. >> robert causey of. --fazzio.
>> paul stuart killed the. --gilby. >> our third joseph jones. -- lisa king johnson. >> and my dad. we all love you and we will never forget you. >> and may your memory rest in peace, always. and i want to thank our lord and savior jesus christ and almighty god for our presidents barack obama and george bush, our police and firefighters, who wake up to try to give a bright future to america. employees protect our troops in iraq and afghanistan.
>> georgia yannis. >> robert mayo. >> john mcnulty. >> in the dark day. -- amy o'daugherty. >> denied beloved husband. we speak your name and every prayer. we love you and miss you. god bless your memory and god bless our beautiful country, america. >> and my little brother, high hope you are on a beautiful dark course without data in heaven. send me a rainbow so i know you
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>> oh god, our hope for years to come, you have sustained and protected our great nation. they look to you when they declared our independence. for generations you have a lead and blessed america. even on that dark day 10 years ago, you were with us through the light of freedom shining in our hearts. we remember the people and events of september 11, those who lost their lives, but families that mourn them. open our hearts today and every day to pay tribute to those who have died. honor those who remember aid with such servicing compassion and those who served on the front lines of freedom. remind us that you are our hope for years to come. we pray in your holy name, amen.
chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral michael mullen. >> mr. vice president, mr. secretary, distinguished guests, and most especially families, friends, and loved ones of those killed near the spot on that day in 2001 -- good morning and welcome. let he began by offering on behalf of the 2.2 million men and women who wear the uniform of the united states armed forces my deepest and silences -- condolences for the greek you suffered and endured. no music and assuage, no pun can express, no prayer alone can durbin the yearning that must fire yet inside you. lives in did in this place.
dreams were shattered. futures were instantly altered. hopes were tragically dashed. you come here, we all come here to remember those hopes and to mourn. and to honor. but the greatest honor we bestow, the finest tribute we pay, lies not in our gathering of lies in our hearts, it lives and our deeds. it lies in the manner which and agreed to which we have preserved the very ideals that others tried to kill when they killed innocent men, women, and children. i was struck by the words of a young woman who just wrote a letter to her dead father, a firefighter killed at the world
trade center. dear dad, she said. i still feel your presence. you are with me everyday. you inspire me to live my life to help others and to be grateful for each moment. i do not know what the next 10 years will bring, but i do know that i have enough strength, wisdom, and support to take on anything. she remains proud of her father and the sacrifice he made so that others need not. as she has committed herself to proving worry -- worthy of that sacrifice. hers is truly the greatest monument, the most enduring memorial, as it is with all of you. in the families have shown the rest of us the way. quietly honoring the memories of
your loved ones by how you live and what you do. it is in the children and grandchildren with major league dreams, a college degree earned, the businesses started, the weddings and celebrated, the charity given, and the love and laughter shared. these are the things that the terrorists could not eradicate. they could bring down walls, but they could not bring down america. they could kill our citizens, but they could not kill our citizenship. in that spirit, with that pride, a whole new generation has been inspired to serve. many of them in uniform. indeed, from this place of iraq and tears, america's military ventured forth as the long arm
and clenched fist of an angry nation at war. and we have remained at war ever since, visiting upon our enemies a vengeance they were do you and providing for the american people the common defense the demand. 2 million men and women have deployed to combat since 9/11, volunteers all. some of them new colleague killed here, some of them what a word -- or but grade schoolers on that date. all of them have been remain dedicated to make sure a day like that never happens again. they have done this with great skill and bravery, but they also done it with the realization learned over time and at great cost that sometimes we defend best of our national interest when we help others defend their own. sometimes in war, it is not the enemy lives that you take that
matters most, but the innocent life you save. it is a lesson you have helped teach us. when they award takes the lives of our troops, but it's not south the futures of some many bright young stars, we again look to your example. we wrap our arms around the families of our fallen away you wrap your is around each other. the scottish poet thomas campbell in his poem "hallowed ground," tells us the hard we leave behind is not to die. today we stand on this hallowed ground to honor those who live on in our hearts. but as we mark the end of this decade of war and remembrance, high hopes will all -- also follow in these footsteps, heeding the battle -- better
transfigures you and me as he died to make man holy let us die to make men free while got his marching on -- while god is marching on glory, glory, hallelujah glory, glory, hallelujah glory, glory, hallelujah and his truth is marching on glory, glory, hallelujah glory, glory, hallelujah glory, glory hallelujah
those that were lost on 9/11 -- today americans mark 10 years since that calm september morning when our country, our people, and their way of life came under attack in the worst terrorist attack in the history of the united states of america. as we come together this morning, at this memorial, we do so knowing that the entire nation joins us in remembering the innocent lives that were so
cruelly taken from us at the pentagon, the world trade center, and in shanksville, pennsylvania. for those who survived the attacks and those who lost loved ones on that terrible day, there are no words to ease the pain that you still feel. at this very moment, on this very spot, it is difficult to believe that 10 years ago this was the scene of incredible devastation, of horrific fire and smoke, of heroic first
responders struggling to bring victims to safety, searching for survivors, fighting the flames, at this spot at this very moment. and don't tend years have passed, the wounds are still present, the emotions still raw. you always carried the memories of that day with you, and in its aftermath you have shown a strength and courage that embodies the character of america. in your determination to remember and honor the victims, to recover from the injuries, to
rebuild their lives, the entire nation finds inspiration in result. as we recall that day of tragedy and trauma. of bravery and heroism, we remembered as the defining moment for all americans. we were challenged by al qaeda and its vicious hatred aimed squarely at our values. they tried to weaken as. instead, they made us stronger. in the aftermath, we came together and reaffirmed that those values, of our shared belief in liberty, equality, tolerance, and fairness. 10 years later, we again affirm
our commitment to those enduring beliefs. to this day and by these memorials, we pledge to never forget the enemy that made this happen why we fight them quashed a more -- made this happen, why we fight them, and to make sure that what happened here, in new york city, and in that field in pennsylvania never happens again. the strength of our democracy has always rested on the willingness of those who believe in its values and in their will to serve to give something back to this country, to fight and sacrifice, above all to do it in
times of crisis. september 11 was such a time buried in the wake of the attack, a generation of americans stepped forward to serve in uniform, determined to confront our enemies. to respond to them swiftly and justly. for 10 years they have carried that burden, relentlessly pursuing those who would do us harm, who would threaten to our homeland, and because of their sacrifices, we are a safer and stronger nation today. and the principal terrorist behind these attacks has been brought to justice. we will never forget the human cost paid by this generation,
more than 6200 soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines lost in a line of duty. like those taken from us on that 9/11, we will always remember that they paid the ultimate sacrifice for america. today we think of their families who have suffered tragedy and heartbreak, but have shown extraordinary resilience and strength. we think of the thousands of veterans who carry the seen and unseen wounds of war every day with them. and we grieve for those losses. but out of the darkness of discrete, out of the darkness of this sarraute, -- sorrow, has
come to light of inspiration, to serve america, to fight our enemies, to protect the safety and freedom of the american people. and to make our country stronger. and better. for future generations of americans. at the spot, at this moment, 10 years later, this is our solemn prayer and our solemn pledge to ourselves, to our children, to our nation, and to our world. as we commemorate this anniversary here today, we are obviously honored by the presence of many of our nation's leaders. in particular, the vice
president of the united states. it is my great pleasure to now introduce a leader, a dedicated public servant, and my dear friend, joe biden. >> good morning. mr. secretary, it is a i am the one who is honored to be given the privilege to speak of such an important memorial ceremony. admiral mullen, speaker boehner, members of our armed forces and above all, the family members gathered in front of me who suffered such egregious loss here 10 years ago today, my wife jill and i want you to know our heart goes out to you. and those of you who survive that cowardly act, i say it
again, i am the one that is honored to be here with you. to the family members, i know what it is like to receive that call out of the blue -- that the dearest thing in your life is gone. i know these memorials and you have been through many, bittersweet moments for you, because as you sit here right now, unlike a month ago, everything has come back in stark relief. it is not a thought. it is precise. you remember that god-awful empty feeling, you remember being sucked into your own chest, that feeling of hollowness. i want you to note that i personally believe that the
kurds you are showing today is remarkable. -- the courage you are showing today is remarkable. it is hard to come back. you have that sense of overwhelming pride and love and devotion, but also that feeling of hope, my god. but i want you to know something else, your physical presence here today gives hope to thousands of americans who under different circumstances are trying to come to grips with the losses that you had that they are going through. because when they see you here, you let them know that hope can grow from tragedy, and that there can be a second life. my mom used to say, and joe, had
everything terrible, something good will, if you look hard enough for it. in the beginning there is no way to believe that. you are living proof to those people still scrambling and looking for that hope that it is possible. so let me say that our thoughts -- jill's thoughts, mine, the whole nation's thoughts and prayers are with those who were wounded in this attack last night, wounded in an attack last night in wardak province, a stark and vivid reminder this war continues. that courage, demonstrations -- determination and the sacrifices of our forces in afghanistan and around the world is literally astounding. i will have a little more to say about that in just a moment. milestones are especially --
especially those that are tragic, the compel us to reflect in to remember, to honor and to heal because that is what this is ultimately about. and so we room call the lives cut short on this site can years ago this morning, lives the test every aspect of our national endeavor. a marine who lost his leg and nearly his life in vietnam but use what he called a second chance to become a father of five. a 3-year-old passenger aboard that fateful flight, who held her stuffed animal each night as her bare -- as her parents read a bedtime stories. the secretarial work for american airlines for 45 years, whose colleagues considered her a second mother, and addressed as mrs. claus each christmas. then they beat physicist, whose wife said after his death, he was a wonderful dancer.
i will never be able to dance with anybody else. he was a perfect partner. and above all, he was a good, caring, and loving man. and so so many others are remembered this morning with the moments of silence in small towns and bustling cities all over this country. but nowhere are the memories more immediate, more vivid, more compelling, more real than in new york city, shanksville, pennsylvania, and right here in northern virginia at the pentagon. although words cannot ease the pain of these losses, paying tribute by recalling not just the horror of that day but the heroism can give you some comfort. at 9:36 a.m., thousands of patriotic americans were going about their daily business in the building behind me. in this great citadel of our
national defense. and one minute later, 9:37 a.m., an unconscionable tragedy struck. but what happened after that was far more remarkable than the damage inflicted in the building behind me. those who worked in this building, many of you in front of me, and thousands more first responders across the region -- firefighters from arlington county, fairfax county, montgomery county, the district of columbia and many others, they sprang to action, risking their lives so that their friends, their colleagues, and total strangers, people they had never met, might lift. -- might live. from corporal's to cafeteria workers, right up to the chain of command to the top brass, to secretary rumsfeld, who i pay
special tribute today -- i understand he is here. he did what he did as a young soldier and did all of his life, and you and he and others streamed into that breach between the fourth and fifth corridors, where the devastation was the greatest, or death came in an instant, but also where there were some survivors to be found. specialist beau doboszenski was a tour guide that morning, on the far side of the building, so far away that he never heard the plane hit. but he surely felt the commotion. he could have gone home. no one would blame him. but he was a trained going to and came from a family of firefighters. -- he was a trained emt and came from a family of firefighters.
so when people started screaming out of the building, he sprinted toward the crash site. for hours he altered between treating his co-workers and dashing into the inferno with a team of six men. micky fyock, a volunteer fire chief in westborough, md., 60 miles away, after working all day, when he heard that the rescue workers at the pentagon needed a fire truck, a small fire truck, small enough to fit through tight places, he knew he had in 1954 mack, the smallest one around. so fresh off an all-day blaze, he barreled down the highway and battled the blaze all night with thousands of others. and with 14 hours on the job, he sat down on the bench and confronted a man, a man who he said was wondering aloud, why am i still live, or had i not been
at the dentist, i would have been in the office, my office, totally destroyed, but my colleagues on. why me? it is a basic american instinct to respond to crises when help is needed, to confront the afflicted. an american instinct summoned by the collective strength of the american people that we see come to the fore in our darkest hours, an instinct that echoes through the ages -- from pearl harbor to barrett, from mogadishu to ground zero, flight 93 to right here in the pentagon. those in this building that day knew what they were witnessing. it was the declaration of war by stateless actors bent on
changing our way of life, who believed that these horrible acts of terror directed against innocents could buckle arnes, could end our will, to begin to break us and our resolve. but they did not know us. instead, that same american instinct that sent all of you into the breach between the fourth and fifth corridors, galvanized an entire new generation of patriots -- the 9/11 generation. many of them were just kids on that bright september morning. but like their grandparents on december 7, 1941, they courageously bore the burden that history had placed on their shoulders.
and as they came of age, they showed up. they showed up the fight for their country, and they are still showing up. 2,800,000 of that 9/11 generation move to join our military since the attacks on 9/11, to finish the war but gun here that day. and they joined. they've joined knowing that they were in all likelihood going to be deployed in harm's way, and in many cases deployed multiple, multiple times in afghanistan and iraq and other dangerous parts of the world. those of you, admiral, who command this building turn this generation, this 9/11 generation into the finest group of warriors the world has ever known.
over a decade of war, that pioneered new tactics, mastered new languages, developed and employed advanced new technologies. they took on responsibilities once reserved only for those with considerably more seniority, responsibilities that extended beyond the base or the battlefield to the politics of afghanistan, to the politics of iraq, to the economies of those countries, and to the development tasks that ultimately will lay the groundwork for us to leave behind stable countries they will not threaten us. .
>> once again, we have marked a change in this place. we pray that as the evil intentions of a few meant it for evil, you have used it to make it for good. bless us now as we, in this service of remembrance and dedication, as our grief continues, it also changes, but it diminishes slowly. as we honor your decision to act in our lives that we may join in these times of celebration in the midst of our grief. be with each of us. as we are let out in service to one another and for your glory, place peace at the center of our hearts that if in any sna way we
need to be changed, it to be to help those in need. that freedom and justice prevail not only here, but for all your people around the world. now, may god bless you and keep you. may god lift up his countenance upon you, and may god give you his peace as we remember them. amen. >> mr. hendricks, i want to thank you for your kind remarks. in preparation for the president's visit, we would ask that all individuals that would like to leave the site do so by 11:45.
family members are welcome by 11:45 to seek new seating to the right if you would care to do so. yesterday this memorial began as a healing memorial. birds flew over our site, ignoring our presence. individuals stopped by the wall, beginning their reflection, and finally, many names on the wall were touched, photographed, and memorialized. we ask that you all come back after this day to the fight 93 memorial. thank you very much. [applause]